Beginner-friendly stitch pattern: Mistake Rib

Why is the mistake rib stitch a good beginner stitch pattern?

  • The mistake rib only uses knit and purls
  • The mistake rib stitch pattern is a one-row repeat, which makes it easy to remember.

All you have to know to pull this stitch pattern off is how to knit and purl!

As the name implies the mistake rib is very similar to regular 2+2 ribbing.

The difference is that we make a “mistake” by adding one stitch too little when casting on.

This messes up the columns of knit and purl stitches and creates a new more textured and squishy fabric!

Reversible stitch pattern

The Mistake rib stitch is reversible, it looks the same on both sides, which makes it perfect for projects where both sides are visible like blankets, scarves, and dishcloths.

Knitting video: Mistake rib stitch knitted flat

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Mistake rib stitch flat:

Cast on: in multiples of 4+3. For example 4*10 + 3 = 43 stitches

K = knit, P = purl

Row 1: *K2, P2* repeat *–* to the last 3 stitches, K2, P1

Repeat row 1 for as long as you like.

Mistake rib stitch in the round

When knitting this stitch in the round there are two rounds to remember. It´s a good idea to place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round.

Cast on: in multiples of four

K = knit, P = purl

Round 1: *K2, P2* repeat *–* to the end of the round
Round 2: P1, *K2, P2* *repeat *–* to the last 3 stitches, K2, P1

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 for as long as you like.

Your next read:
––> How to use stitch markers
––> More knit and purl stitch patterns
––> Squishy textured stitch pattern